Deer in Cooler

ronnycl

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How long can I keep a deer in a cooler with ice and drain plug pulled? Days,week? Looking at doing one, and would like to take it slow on processing
 

Wolverine72

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so many variables... assuming your vigilant about keeping the ice packed etc, I'd not go longer than a week. a few years back i started freezing gallon and 1/2 gallon milk jugs and using those in the coolers. for me, this seemed to keep the meat more stable and less likely to get water logged. couple weeks if you're fortunate enough to have access to a refrigerator with space
 

double browtine

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I usually leave deboned meat in the fridge for at least 14 days @ around 35-36 degrees. Then I trim, vacuum seal, and freeze it. This is for meat that I am going to either season or marinate and grill. If I am going to grind it, I usually just leave it in the fridge for a week and then trim, grind, vacuum seal and freeze.
I did use the cooler method once, but only because I didn’t have an extra fridge at the time. I only left it in there for a couple of days.
 

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